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Travelling exhibit showcases Canadian honours

There are dozens of honours in Canada, but the one Francois Grenier is most fascinated by is the Victoria Cross.

Francois Grenier, road manager for the It's An Honour! travelling exhibit, poses near a display focusing on what he called his favourite honour available to Canadians — the Victoria Cross.

“I wasn’t much of a scholar, so we can forget about the academic medals,” Grenier joked as he showcased the medal. “This one here is the highest honour you can get, and it hasn’t been awarded since the Second World War.”

Grenier, road manager for MRA Experiential Tours and Equipment, is currently travelling across the country with a full host of Canadian honours, showcasing the various awards people can earn in the It’s An Honour! travelling exhibit.

The exhibit is mobile, towed by an 18-wheel truck, and features a vast array of touch screens, actual medals, trivia and even a talking hologram of astronaut Chris Hadfield. It was in Moose Jaw at Riverview Collegiate on Friday and Saturday.

“Our three main goals are, basically, to try and educate people about the honours system, inspire people, and instill pride in the lead-up to Canada’s 150th year, which is coming up in 2017,” Grenier said Friday.

The exhibit is a two-year program. It began in the summer of 2013 and concludes next summer. So far, the reception has been good, Grenier said.

“We’ve had great comments and we have also been able to meet some of the recipients of these honours as they visit us at the exhibit,” he said.

In Moose Jaw, Grenier was able to meet Doug Marr, whom he described as a “well-decorated man.”

Next on the travelling exhibit’s schedule is Sacred Heart High School in Yorkton, followed by stops in Martensville and Tisdale, before it heads out of province and into Manitoba.

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Organizations: Sacred Heart High School

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada, Yorkton Martensville Manitoba

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